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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura)

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Created by the ever-curious minds behind Atlas Obscura, this breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink. Perhaps because it is Great Britain and Ireland and I am familiar with these countries and their food that the book lacks interest?

For example, there's a two-page spread on "Yoshoku" (Japanese versions of western food) and another on Italian food in the former colony of Eritrea (East Africa). All it takes is about ten minutes, then the soft block of blood can be cut into pieces and gently boiled to firm up the texture ever so slightly.Also im Inhaltsverzeichnis nachgeschaut und sofort fiel mir auf, dass Jordanien gar nicht erwähnt wird.

Cecily Wong und Dylan Thuras führen uns so in die Geheimnisse internationaler Küchentraditionen ein und feiern ihre Vielfalt: Bereit für ein Bier aus Nebel in Chile oder Sardiniens »Fäden Gottes«, eine der seltensten Pastasorten der Welt? From those ever-curious, ever-quirky minds behind the New York Times bestselling Atlas Obscura comes an unputdownable guide that marries our endless appetite for travel with our insatiable interest in food. If however, someone introduced blue eggs to the market, we would definitely know the chickens had a proper, free range, natural living life.This is in an introduction to the pineapple "Only the richest and best-connectected had access to the exotic fruit. Gastro Obscura” by Dylan Thuras, an author of “Atlas Obscura,” and Cecily Wong chronicles surprising comestibles, from an eel smokehouse in New York to the cafeteria at Chernobyl. The book, which provides travel information, also has lists like traditional soda jerk terms and Japan’s rarest fruits.

Eating may be the most immersive, visceral travel experience,” wrote Wong and Thuras in the book’s introduction. Our small-group adventures are inspired by our Atlas of the world's most fascinating places, the stories behind them, and the people who bring them to life. It showcases surprising sustenance, stellar dining establishments, shocking flavors, riveting rituals, chef ingenuity, astonishing history, fantastical lore and practical know-how gathered from seven continents, more than 120 countries and all 50 United States. Spanning the globe with these venerated cookbooks, we cannot wait to help you travel without leaving your kitchen through these delicious foods! The book is divided up by location, with lots of illustrations, captions, and sidebars, and most stories take no more than a page or two to tell, so it can be read piecemeal (sorry) or cover to cover.Yes, there's a lot of diverse food culture in the States, but the book is definitely 'Merica-centric. The focus here is on the unusual, rather than the best, with a lot of food history and food connections. I can’t help but wonder, wherever the foods come from, are we interested in them because they paints a unique picture of the customs of a different place, or, are we fascinated because it makes different foods seem weird?

No – in that it’s a big and beautiful hardback about food that has come out just in time for Christmas. Gastro Obscura is a well-illustrated coffee table type read filled with fascinating facts and interesting foods from around the world.

The result is a silky, ephemeral cube that bursts and melts in the mouth, similar to soft tofu, but with the rich, acerbic flavor of blood. I get that there are economic and publishing constraints, but I found myself coming to the end of each entry and wanting more, a whole lot more. This is a strange book that takes you on a trip around the world, exposing you to the weirdest foods and all their odd history. Dieser außergewöhnliche Reiseführer führt auf alle sieben Kontinente und serviert jede Menge unglaublicher Zutaten, kulinarischer Abenteuer und kurioser Gerichte.

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